Tyler A. Churchward-Venne


Position: Post Doc research fellow
Department of Movement Sciences
Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

Telephone: +31 43 3882154
Fax:           +31 43 3670976
Mobile:       -
Email: t.churchward-venne#maastrichtuniversity.nl

Key words: protein, amino acids, protein metabolism, resistance exercise, skeletal muscle, muscle hypertrophy
Hobbies: resistance exercise, reading, movies, traveling, food



2001–2005 B.A.(Hons) Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
M.Sc. Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Thesis Title: Effects of NH4Cl Ingestion on Phosphocreatine Metabolism During Moderate- and Heavy-Intensity Plantar Flexion Exercise.
Ph.D. Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Thesis Title: Nutritional and Contractile Regulation of Human Muscle Protein Synthesis: Role of Leucine and Citrulline.
2013-present Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Human Movement Sciences, NUTRIM, Maastricht University, Netherlands.


Career description

My Ph.D. work was conducted at McMaster University in Canada under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Phillips and focused on the amino acids leucine and citrulline and their role in the regulation of human muscle protein synthesis. To carry out this work, we used stable isotope tracers of amino acids to obtain dynamic measures of muscle protein synthesis following nutrition and resistance exercise based interventions. In addition, we coupled our measures of muscle protein synthesis with Western blotting and RT-PCR to examine the processes the regulate protein accretion.
I am particularly interested in elucidating nutritional factors that serve to regulate protein turnover and promote muscle protein accretion. I am also very interested in resistance exercise since it is a potent stimulus to promote increases in skeletal muscle mass in many people. Through increased understanding of how nutrition and exercise regulate muscle protein turnover, the hope is to develop strategies that are useful to promote increases in skeletal muscle mass and/or prevent muscle loss in various situations/conditions i.e. ageing, disuse, illness.